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Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (N Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), this book brings together a nationwide group of scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to produce new scholarly writing on this topic. It offers a historical and theoretical account of vocational reflection and discernment and also suggests how these endeavors can be carried out through specific educational practices. Attending both to the current state of higher education and to broader cultural trends, the contributors examine the contours of vocation from historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. They consider the relationship between vocation and virtue, both of which encourage the cultivation of habits that lead to a life marked by flourishing and fulfillment-for oneself and for others. The authors also discuss how to engage students in actively reflecting on questions of meaning and purpose through classroom conversations, co-curricular activities, programs for community engagement, and attention to a campus's physical features. At This Time and In This Place offers a compelling argument for vocational reflection and discernment in undergraduate education and represents a significant contribution to the emerging scholarly literature in this field.


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Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (N Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), this book brings together a nationwide group of scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to produce new scholarly writing on this topic. It offers a historical and theoretical account of vocational reflection and discernment and also suggests how these endeavors can be carried out through specific educational practices. Attending both to the current state of higher education and to broader cultural trends, the contributors examine the contours of vocation from historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. They consider the relationship between vocation and virtue, both of which encourage the cultivation of habits that lead to a life marked by flourishing and fulfillment-for oneself and for others. The authors also discuss how to engage students in actively reflecting on questions of meaning and purpose through classroom conversations, co-curricular activities, programs for community engagement, and attention to a campus's physical features. At This Time and In This Place offers a compelling argument for vocational reflection and discernment in undergraduate education and represents a significant contribution to the emerging scholarly literature in this field.

33 review for At This Time and in This Place: Vocation and Higher Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    fc7reads

    I read this as part of a book study at the university where I work. The essays provide interesting perspective regarding vocation (calling) as it relates to the traditional undergraduate student. I work with adult undergraduate and graduate school students. As a result, I spent my time with this book working at gleaning ways to apply the material to the student groups I support. The one thing I think the book is missing is a section that suggests ideas and strategies. There is a bit of this in a I read this as part of a book study at the university where I work. The essays provide interesting perspective regarding vocation (calling) as it relates to the traditional undergraduate student. I work with adult undergraduate and graduate school students. As a result, I spent my time with this book working at gleaning ways to apply the material to the student groups I support. The one thing I think the book is missing is a section that suggests ideas and strategies. There is a bit of this in a chapter early on, but there is no practical guide that sketches out how an organization might strategically approach the integration of vocation into curricular and co-curricular efforts as well as other interactions students have with faculty and staff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Several of the essays were skippable for my purposes, but there were some gems. Part 1 and 2 produced most of my notes. Part 3 concerns virtue and vocation. If you have already read some of modern virtue discourse than it is skimmable. Although Schell's essay and the focus on loyalty was enlightening. Part 4 has to do with rituals, mostly outside the classroom. Just read a book like Desiring the Kingdom to get the gist of this section. Several of the essays were skippable for my purposes, but there were some gems. Part 1 and 2 produced most of my notes. Part 3 concerns virtue and vocation. If you have already read some of modern virtue discourse than it is skimmable. Although Schell's essay and the focus on loyalty was enlightening. Part 4 has to do with rituals, mostly outside the classroom. Just read a book like Desiring the Kingdom to get the gist of this section.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bob Wolniak

    Excellent collection of many essays about vocational/calling issues for undergrads and the universities they attend, application made within the classroom and outside it. I've rarely ever highlighted as much material or learned so much on this theme anywhere else. A must read! Excellent collection of many essays about vocational/calling issues for undergrads and the universities they attend, application made within the classroom and outside it. I've rarely ever highlighted as much material or learned so much on this theme anywhere else. A must read!

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